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What's on in Wellington

Your monthly guide to the hottest events in Wellington. Check out what's on the calendar of good times this January.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

This exhibition offers you a rare opportunity to have an intimate and immersive encounter with a selection of the remarkable 2,300-year-old terracotta warriors, who, for more than 2,000 years, secretly guarded the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor.

Gardens Magic 2019

Wellington’s iconic free concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest musical talent. Go early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting. 

Wairarapa Country Music Festival

Expect a weekend full of fun and entertainment at one of New Zealand's best country music weekends hosted at the beautiful Tauherenikau race course. The festival will be headlined by Bevan Gardiner of John Denver Tribute fame, alongside Marian Burns. 

 

Wellington Phoenix VS Central Coast Mariners

It's a new year and fresh start for the Nix. Can they take all three points? Grab your tickets and head on down to Westpac Stadium for this Hyundai A-League match-up between the Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners.

Conversations with Nick Cave

Join Nick Cave for an evening of music and unconventional, unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated Q&A. Nick will take questions from the audience on all manner of subjects and perform some of his most beloved songs on piano.

 

Wellington Pasifika Festival

Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the wider Pacific right here in Wellington. There will be delicious food to buy, free family-friendly activities, and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.  

Summer Concert Series

Grab a picnic, put on your dancing shoes and head to the Aotea Lagoon rose garden for Porirua City’s ever-popular Summer Concert Series. Bring a picnic or enjoy dinner and a coffee from one of the food trucks onsite, then sit back and be entertained by the likes of The Beat Girls, Shaun Preston, The Shenanigans and Mojo Band. 

Gindulgence

Gindulgence is New Zealand's first and only single site gin festival featuring a line up of New Zealand's leading gins. Indulge in gin tastings and discussions with the distillers, experience a gin master class and sample delicious cocktails. Wellington's leading food vendors will be there to fill your bellies and live music will add to the vibe of the day.

An Evening With Nigella Lawson

Your chance to meet the domestic goddess in real life! Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage. 

Eat, Drink and Be Crafty 2019

Enjoy the very best of locally-made crafts, artisan food, and refreshments in a lovely rural setting at the Eat Drink and Be Crafty Fair. There will also be a live band and plenty of entertainment for all ages – it’s sure to be a great family day out for everyone.

 

Sarah Millican

Award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Millican is back with a brand new show! You’ll learn about road rage, Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, how to tee up a compliment, plus tips on knicker buying and how to talk to shop assistants.

Calexico

Wellington is set to host the musical and lyrical genius of Americana, indie-rock band, Calexico, this summer. The Americana, indie-rock band will take you on a sweet ride through border sound treasurers from throughout their career.